Contribution of Expertise in Ergonomic Design in Dealing with Inadequacy of Personal Protection Equipment for Front-liners in Issue of COVID-19
Sumbangan Kepakaran Rekaan Ergonomik dalam Menangani Kekurangan Peralatan Perlindungan Diri bagi para petugas Barisan Hadapan (Frontliners) dalam Isu Covid 19
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of the Novel Corona virus (COVID-19) on January 30, 2020. The virus is very dangerous and needs to be addressed worldwide. PPE aims to ensure the safety of the health workers and prevent them from being infected with COVID-19. Therefore, frontline staff should wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent the virus from spreading while treating patients. PPE aims to ensure safety and prevent health workers from being infected with COVID-19 but the lack of PPE supply is so acute at this time as the demand for PPE use becomes higher. The orientation in lacking of PPE supply has initiated the contribution of expertise to meet the needs of declining in PPE stock storage of the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Malaysia. The contribution of expertise from volunteers tends to the activities to produce equipment and clothes through practicing innovative thinking to provide PPE to address the issue of shortage in PPE stock of MOH. In concern to that case, the universities and NGOs began to contribute their expertise to produce PPE and the other protective equipment. This concept paper aims to explore the current issues of PPE and the contribution of expertise from the public universities and NGOs in the production of PPE to increase its stock in MOH. This paper also aims to examine the ergonomic suitability of innovation and design of PPE whether it is referring to the specifications provided by the MOH to combat with COVID-19.
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